top Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust
And sometimes you need a someone who doesn't have all the baggage and assumptions to jump into things and attack a problem from a different perspective ala SpaceX.
Its true that "solutions dont suddenly appear just when they are needed", but your not going to find them if you dont look. And sometimes all the assumptions that the "established" research communities make hide the answer from them. Especially when much of the research is funded by groups with a conflict of interest. Its no magic wand, but I, for one, appreciate it when someone new tackles a major issue. Even if they fail, at least they tried.
top Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances
Everyone is assuming that these things will just sit there spewing out power 24/7, but I have to believe that we can figure out some sort of handshake so that these are only throwing out power when there is a valid device within range.
It doesn't say anything about that in the article, which seems odd, but I think we are only talking about the power loss from inefficient transfer (which is not insignificant), not continuous output. Can anyone confirm?
top High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent
I saw the headline and came in for no reason other than to make certain someone had taken care of the Imperial Walker issue.
The Empire thanks you for your vigilance. -Darth Tester
top Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race
When a person cheats they are usually (not always, I know) looking for something that they are missing.
In one case you may have an otherwise happy couple that are not on the same page sexually. Maybe one partner has no sex drive and is not interested in sex at all. But otherwise the relationship is solid. So someone steps out and has a physical relationship with someone else, but remains emotionally tied to their partner. On the other hand you have a couple that is having great sex but are not on the same page emotionally. So one of them steps out and has a purely emotional relationship with someone else but continues having great sex with their partner. Which relationship is in more trouble? Which betrayal is greater?
top Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana
A drug is something that puts chemicals in our systems that effect how our bodies work.
Go to a pharmacy and you will see all sorts of drugs that do this to a positive effect. Some are man made, but most have their roots in something naturally occurring. So its not an impossible notion that there are beneficial aspects to pot. Im not one to say that all drugs should be legalized. Many (especially the man made crap) are dangerous as hell and should be illegal. But just because a bunch of lawmakers got together and decided Marijuana is bad doesnt make it true. People bitch about pot being the "gateway drug." Bullshit. You know what the gateway drugs are? Sugar and caffeine. These are the two that every kid at some point has too much of and goes "oooh. I feel funny."
about a month and a half ago
top Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's
The Man In the High Castle
They have a couple of good properties now, but for the most part its crap. And where is the classic SciFi appreciation? Forbidden Planet, Them, The Day the Earth Stood Still (without Neo). When is the last time they showed a black and white program other than Twilight Zone? If I was in charge of SyFy: 1) Classic movie of the week with a Turner Classic Movies style intro talking about the movie, its impact, roots and the making of the movie. 2) Guest hosts introducing their favorite SciFi 3) Put together a stable of actors, authors and directors and host a weekly 90 minute-3 sketch late night program modeled on Saturday Night Live, but focusing on scifi story telling instead of comedy. Some of the sketches could be one offs, others a mini-series. Probably not live, although that might be fun too... 4) Get some real scifi lovers to look for classic works that they could get the rights to produce as movies. They dont have to be high budget. Take the same budget they spend now on their monster of the week movies, spend less on special effects and throw it at the scripts. I know thats not a lot, but give me a day and $500 and I can improve the hell out of their scripts. 5) No wrestling 6) Change the name back to SciFi
top More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered
What the hell? These have been laying around unnoticed since the 1970s when another agency took over the building, but somehow all the blame falls on Obama...
If thats the sort of thing you are using to call Obama a half-witted president, YOU make GW look like a genius.
top Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights
This is just how things work.
Its a chicken and egg thing. It will never be a priority for the international community to establish policies until pushed by something like this.
top The Next
Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public
oh.... and we are talking about a LOT more than just art and skins here. IF they are going the Minecraft route.
top The Next
Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public
When I first heard this earlier today what came to mind is Minecraft.
If they can create a good stable base product with good enough <Insert developer jargon for "information people need to develop mods" here> support then there very well may be a market for good mod packs. I know I would have been more than happy to pay $20 or $30 for Feed The Beast for MineCraft. If they can turn that into a market where they skim some money off the top from the mod pack sellers to pay for a free base product (the opposite of the charge for Minecraft with free mods model of Mahjong) more power too them.
top Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions
Judging from many of the earlier posts it seems that what many Slashdot readers have lost a grasp on is the difference between the FAA and the FCC. Whether its a knowledge deficiency or a failure in Reading-for-Information I dont know.
top Current Doctor Who Warns Against Facebook
I think Facebook today is what AOL was 15 or 20 years ago.
AOL packaged up the ISP access with a web and email client. Users didnt have to be tech savvy and didnt have to know about the other ways to accomplish "getting online." It was easy. But savvy users found it limiting and too expensive for what it did. Similar thing with Facebook. Savvy users consider the privacy issues too burdensome and find other ways to accomplish the same things. But for the masses "it just works." As the masses become more and more savvy Facebook will be forced to change, or will go the way of AOL.
top Private Collector Builds Apple Pop-Up Museum
Wow. Im thinking you dont have much real world experience. Either that or your just not paying attention.
It doesnt matter how talented your workforce is if management is bound and determined to ignore their skills.
about a year and a half ago
top Indie Horror Film Shows What You Can Do (And Get) For Free
Done being an ass? Nope. Didnt think so.
about a year and a half ago
top Foxconn Begins To Assemble Its Robot Army
Unless Im missing something, the reason so many of our electronics are made in China is the cheap labor.
Presumably the Chinese wouldnt be replacing their labor force with robots if they werent cheaper yet. So why arent these robotic assembly lines popping up in the US? Tax laws? Environmental laws? Inertia?
top Game Review:
Yeah! I agree! 100%.
I just wish there was some way to not go out and read reviews of games that I want to buy...
top Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children
1) I dont believe in god. 2) Your anti god zealotry is every bit as destructive as what you are railing against. A belief in god does not have to make you stupid. It doesnt mean you have to ignore science. You simply have to believe that in studying science you are quantifying all of the rules that god established. There are radicals on BOTH sides of the issue and they (i.e. YOU) are the problem.
top How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe
<quote><p> A real gun owner would know this.</p></quote>
Your definition of a "real gun owner" must be different from mine. To me, its a person who has a gun. There are lots of people who have a gun and kids. Some of these might know what they are doing, but most just go out to Walmart and get the thing that is marketed to store guns and call it good. Id bet that covers 90% of gun owners. The issue here isnt whether or not gun owners should know better (they should, but kids shouldn't have to pay the price for this failure), its about companies marketing products that give the owners a false sense of security.
top Bloomberg, WSJ: Student Aid Increases Tuition
No no no.
I mean, yes its true that if there were excess money in the system, the system would suck that excess up. Thats true in ANY system. But everyone acts as if that automatically explains where we are today. If the total National spending on education was $5 (not millions or billions, just the $5 I have in my wallet), the above would still be a true statement, but wouldnt imply that at this moment we are spending too much. Im so tired of this. Just because a theory is (or could be) true does not automatically mean that is the theory that is defining the current situation.
top Scientists 'Switch Off' Brain Cell Death In Mice
It seems pretty obvious to me.
When cell production continues despite the buildup of these misfolded proteins more and more of these misfolded proteins build up in the brain until they essentially ARE the brain. At this point the person gets an unstoppable craving for brains that are not full of misfolded proteins. At the same time the treatment that caused the continuation of cell production becomes contagious via the spreading of bodily fluids such as saliva. I suspect other side effects will involve slow uncoordinated movement and an urge to moan.
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